Opened in 2011, T.W. Shoemaker Art encourages involvement from artists and enthusiasts to provide local community access to art and culture by hosting a variety of classes and events. Once a hardware store, the open floor plan of roughly 1,500 square feet is easily convertible for many uses.
Mixing creativity and business with important causes, early collaborative projects have focused on benefitting several community organizations including; The North Branch Land Trust, Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge, The West Pittston Library, The Luzerne County Historical Society, West Wyoming and Wyoming Little League, and the Wyoming Free Library - as well as local schools such as Wyoming Seminary, 10th St. Elementry, Susquehanna Prep and Wyoming Area.
GALLERY DIRECTOR, Jamie Smith is also an artist and professional photographer. He has produced the Jay Maisel Workshop in New York City starting in 2007, and was Mr. Maisel’s full-time Studio Manager for two years. Jamie has also worked as a Technical Assistant for Seth Resnick & Jamie Spritzer’s D-65 Digital Photography Workflow workshops.
From 2000 to 2006 he independently photographed journalism assignments for newspapers in northeastern Pennsylvania including The Times Leader, and in Southern California for the San Diego Union-Tribune and The North County Times. While living in San Diego, Jamie was elected to serve as Secretary on the board of the local chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Originally from Palo Alto, California, “Jamie no shoes”, as his neighbors called him, spent many summers barefoot along the Susquehanna River at his grandmother’s house in Pennsylvania.
Whether the Pacific or East Coast, Silicon or Wyoming Valley, Jamie has called many places home. After several rewarding years in New York City, he relocated back to North Eastern Pennsylvania in order to open the T.W. Shoemaker Art Gallery. Though he still travels for assignments, currently he and his wife, Jenni, now reside in NEPa with their beautiful daughters and their flock of chickens.